While it took a rousing game of broom ball or tug-of-war during a basketball game's intermission to bring in some recruits, Kyle Rachwal needed more to sway him into coming to Ypsilanti.
Receiving three stars from 247sports.com, the 6'3" 215-pound linebacker from Lapeer, Mich. made his decision after an in-home visit from Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton and newly-hired defensive coordinator Brad McCaslin.
"The biggest thing was meeting Coach (Chris) Creighton, that was really the thing that locked it up for me the most," Rachwal said. "When I met him, he was really a guy that I wanted to bleed for, sweat for and have him lead me into battle."
"[McCaslin] sees me as an outside backer in their 3-4 defense, which is something that I like because all other schools were looking at me as an inside backer, but he sees me as a versatile backer," Rachwal said. "That’s something I believe I can as well. He liked how much I knew about the game, we sat down and talked scheme and strategy for an hour and a half. He said the sky is the limit for me, but it’s about how I will work."
Showing interest in many schools around the nation like Akron, Toledo, Central Michigan, Michigan, Michigan State, Boston College, Cincinnati, and even Boise State, Houston was the only other school besides EMU to give Rachwal an offer. The Eagles gave Rachwal an offer during the English era, back on March 31, 2013.
Rachwal is one of four defensive players in EMU's incoming class along with athlete Shaq Vann, cornerback Jason Beck and linebacker D'Marcus Moon.